Community@HWC Alerts / Updates – October 30, 2014

Dear HWC Community:

Right when it feels like we’ve completed the busy time that comes along with a new school year we remember that we have already started to plan and execute for the next semester!  Registration for spring 2015 starts next week on November 3.

I want to take this brief moment of down time to thank you all for the work you’ve done to date. We’ve started strong this school year, and as Dean Blair is about to remind our students and all of us during the post-midterms-lull, we all need to finish strong.

Dean Blair has been working on a series of posters to encourage our students that studying can’t stop now that the big tests are finished, because there is more work to be done (and more tests around the corner). While we as faculty and staff of HWC don’t feel the post-midterms-lull the same way our students do, I was encouraged when I heard about these posters. They will be a reminder that all of the work we do is to help our students finish strong.

Well done, Dean Blair – we’ll keep an eye out for the posters.

Now on with more alerts, updates and accolades!


Tribute Tree Tribute Tree & Food Drive

Located outside Room 102

10/30/14 – January 2015

Contribute to the Greater Chicago, and make a donation to tribute someone who showed you generosity. Millie Adan, our HR Director, has worked with Dean Armen Sarrafian and the Art Department (Professor Beal and her class) to create a “Tribute Tree”. The Tribute Tree is located right outside Room 102, and we will get to watch the leaves grow as donations are made.

Donate a non-perishable food item, and write a tribute to a generous person on a paper leaf then attach the leaf to the tree.

Closing Reception – The Condition of the Frog Is Uncertain

Thursday, November 6th

5:30pm – 7:30pm

Since the beginning of October a rotating roster of 5 artists have collaborated on the President’s Gallery space to create an experimental art exhibition titled, “The Condition of the Frog Is Uncertain”. This Friday one more artist will make his mark, and next week each of you is invited to an artist-hosted closing reception where you can make your mark.

The Closing Reception will be participative and fun, and I hope you will join!


Big kudos to Professor Richard Repasky, the Art faculty and students who created beautiful prints for Print Day on October 30th!  This wonderful tradition is appreciated by the entire College. This semester’s prints are fantastic! If you didn’t get a chance to see them, we plan to frame the set every semester so that the whole community can enjoy them. Thank you to all who helped with the event!

Caroline Shoenberger Presents at American Bar Association

Last week, Professor Caroline Shoenberger of our HWC Business and Law Faculty attended the American Bar Association (ABA) small law practice conference where she presented a piece on “Marketing to Hispanic Clients”. This was part of an ABA panel for the Hispanic Commission. Her presentation was even printed in the Conference Book! Congratulations, Caroline.

HWC Student Excels at Stanford, Thanks to Ellen, Carla and Erika

Britiny Iris Cook graduated from Harold Washington College with her Associate of Science and transferred to her new dream school, Stanford University! Read about her inspirational story in the Stanford Daily!…/transfer-profile-britiny-co…/

Britiny is one among many leveraging the fantastic student services including the Transfer Center here at HWC. Congratulations to all who helped Britiny on her way –  including Ellen Goldberg, Carla Burnett and Erica McCormack.

Transfer-Mation Was a Huge Success & More Transfer Center Successes

Check out this note from Ellen Goldberg (Transfer Center) and all the details of our HWC Transfer Center’s successful Transfer-Mation conference earlier this month:

1. The Transfer-Mation Conference on Friday, October 3, 2014 was attended by 216 students in the District–146 of which were from Harold Washington College! Thanks to all of you for recommending your students to attend!

2. A total of 425 students checked in to the Transfer Fair on Monday, October 13! (That was before the fire alarm went off!) The Admission reps were commenting a lot that students were asking really thoughtful questions and seemed well prepared for transfer. Nice work, HWC! J

3. We have the largest UIC Guaranteed Admission Transfer (GAT) Cohort in the district with 58 students who will be guaranteed admission at UIC next Fall 2015 as long as they keep a 3.0 GPA! Two of our students were chosen for the Male Minority STEM Initiative (MMSI) at UIC. They are Juan Perez and Fabian Rodriguez.

4. The UIC GAT Program hosted two orientations at UIC for GAT Students that were attended by 43 out of the 58 students in the cohort.

5. The UIC School of Business hosted an event for prospective students who want to attend the UIC College of Business. The event was on September 26, 2014 and was attended by 9 HWC Students.

6. The Transfer Center has hosted four workshops so far on Fridays from 3-4:30 in room 404. So far, a total of 51 students have gone to 4 workshops which is an average of 12.75 students per workshop.

7. I invited 4300 rock star women with GPAs of 3.4 or higher in the district to attend Information Sessions (at HWC and Wright College too) for Smith College or Mount Holyoke College. The one at HWC will be on Thursday, October 30, 2014 in room 102 from 3-4:30 p.m. Smith and Holyoke are two amazing liberal arts schools for women in Massachusetts who love our students and typically give them full-ride scholarships. I went back to the data from the information session last year in October of 2013, and out of the 10 women that attended, two are at Mount Holyoke, and one is at Smith. That’s so awesome that 3 out of 10 actually transferred to New England! Dulce Mora Flores (our Jack Kent Cooke Winner) went to Smith College. Janelle Thorson from HWC went to Mount Holyoke and Kimberly Neil from Malcolm X College went to Mount Holyoke.

Check out the link with photos of the women at HWC, Malcolm X, and Wright that transferred this fall!

We owe our thanks to the amazing Professor Emeritus, Betty Harris, who established the relationship with Smith and Holyoke! It has really grown over the last decade!

7. Two Harold Washington College students this Fall 2014 transferred to Columbia University School of General Studies. They are Ryan Carter and Burton Sachs.

Thanks to all of you (including my rock star Transfer Team—Amanda, Regina, and Anna K), for helping students transfer from their original dream school (HWC) to their new dream school!

Most sincerely,

Ellen Goldberg

A Very Busy and Very Productive Assistant Professor, Johanny Vázquez-Nieves

Assistant Professor Johanny Vázquez-Nieves was kind enough to share her most recent poetry readings and panel discussions Johanny, you make us proud! I’m not sure how you fit it all in, but I sure like to hear about your endeavors and successes.

Here is a list recent events from Professor Vázquez-Nieves

October 14 -19 Festival de la Palabra Conference in San Juan , Puerto Rico: I participated in the panel “Inventoras de mundos: Ciéntificas, pensadoras y revolucionarias” (Women World Creators: Scientists, Thinkers, and Revolutionaries) along-side well-known Spanish author Rosa Montero (author of more than 13 best-seller novels and winner of many literature and journalism awards) and the Cuban writer Bruno Henríquez.

I also presented my new book “Sagrada familia” (Sacred Family), participated in workshops with high-school students, and read poetry with poets from different Spanish-speaking countries.

October 23-26 Puerto Rican Studies Association in Denver, Colorado: I presented a paper of Puerto Rican poets and writers in Chicago.

November 5 Chicago Public Library – Humboldt Park Location: Poetry reading with Chicago poets Eduardo Arocho and Luis Tubens (one of my former students at HWC)

November 7 Latin American Poetry Festival at North Central College, Naperville, IL: Poetry reading with other local poets (see attachment).

November 14 Book Release of “Sagrada Familia” at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL: Book release of my new book “Sagrada Familia” winner of the 2012 Consenso Poetry and Short Story Contest of Northeastern Illinois University.

November 21 Coordinator and Participant of the Event: Salima Rivera and David Hernández Life and Poetry I’m coordinating this event celebrating the life of Puerto Rican poets Salima Rivera and David Hernández. There will be a panel discussion about their work and a poetry reading of their poems.


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